Monday, 30 May 2016

Cilantro power!

Something good for cilantro/coriander lovers! Unfortunately, not for me though... can't stand the smell :-p

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Bro's wedding dinner's food tasting

Note: there are some non-halal photos ya...

So bro Ryan's wedding is just around the corner and it's food tasting time! It was my first actually LOL! Apparently, once the meal is over, we were to give our comments on the quality of the food served. It was a pleasant experience overall and we got to eat twice! Yum yum! I've only snapped those with either nice presentation or supposedly yummy... so here are some of the food served...
Chicken and piglet
Yummy dessert
My favourite dessert of all!
Here are some pics of the restaurant's facade...

Half of the food tasting gang :-)
As mentioned in my previous post which you can read it here, this was my handmade gift for the newly weds!
Congratulations Ryan and Sixin!

Thursday, 26 May 2016

MPOV: Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics

A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics, Primary Colors is a funny, wise, and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar, real-life figures. When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration, and amazement, as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not-so-above-board campaign for the presidency.

The above taken from Goodreads.

It’s either you like it or loath it. Unfortunately, it’s the latter for me as I discovered that political fiction is not my cup of tea. 3 chapters in and I began flipping through the pages. Alas, I didn’t continue with the 4th and just jumped to the last chapter for closure.

The only reason I bought this book was:
  • I mistakenly thought it was from the movie which Oprah Winfrey acted in, then later I realized that title was the ‘Color Purple’ *face palm*
  • Also the author called Anonymous attracted me, very mysterious but now misleading to me. Should have Googled it on the spot lah…
The story was told from Henry Burton’s point of view of his involvement in the campaign for Governor Jack Stanton. His regular liaison in this story includes Susan Stanton, Richard Jemmons, Howard Ferguson and his lover, Daisy Green. There were ups and downs as in any political campaigns involving sex, bribery and suicide. All in all, it’s fast paced with the story written as in a script format for me as I can imagined the scene of a movie.

Upon Googling only did I realized it was adapted into a movie before and I have seen it years ago :-p Well, watching it on the screen is a much better option for me instead of reading it. So I’ll just stick to the silver screen for political reads. I won’t provide any rating here as I didn’t finished the book, only read 4 chapters in total out of 9. If you are into politics so go ahead and pick this up.

Goodreads rating: 3.6/5
My rating: nil

Author: Anonymous, Joe Klein
Genre: political fiction

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

MPOV: Inside Out

A girl named Riley Andersen is born in Minnesota and within her mind, five personifications of her basic emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger—gradually come to life and influence her actions via a console in her mind's Headquarters. As she grows up, her experiences become memories, stored in colored orbs, which are sent into long-term memory each night. Her five most important "core memories" (all of which are happy ones) are housed in a hub that power "islands", each reflecting an aspect of her personality. In Headquarters, Joy acts as a de facto leader to maintain Riley's cheerful childhood, but as she and the other emotions do not understand Sadness' purpose (not even Sadness herself), she frequently tries to keep Sadness away from the console.

At the age of eleven, Riley and her parents move to San Francisco for her father's new business. Riley has poor first experiences: the new house is cramped and old, the moving van with all their belongings was misdirected, her father is under stress from his business, and a poor encounter at a pizza restaurant leaves her disheartened. When Sadness begins touching Riley's happy memories, turning them sad, Joy tries to guard them. On Riley's first day at her new school, Sadness accidentally causes Riley to cry in front of her class, creating a sad core memory. Joy, panicking, tries to dispose of it, but accidentally knocks the other core memories loose during a struggle with Sadness, deactivating the personality islands. Joy, Sadness, and the core memories are sucked out of Headquarters, and taken to the maze-like storage area of long-term memory.

Anger, Fear, and Disgust try to maintain Riley's emotional state in Joy's absence with disastrous results, distancing her from her parents, friends and hobbies, resulting in her personality islands gradually beginning to crumble and fall, one by one, into the "Memory Dump", an abyss where memories are forgotten. In desperation, Anger inserts an idea into the console prompting Riley to run away, believing that her return to Minnesota will enable her to make new happy core memories.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

As far as I can remember, Pixar can never do any wrong. Their animations are usually so adorable with good plots and memorable characters. Inside Out is also one of them.

Teamwork is the main theme where Joy had to learn the hard way which makes up the story for this animation. Truly creative and entertaining with interesting characters that made up the 'emotions' within. This is another great animation to watch with the family!

IMDb rating: 8.3/10
My rating: 3/5

Director: Pete Docter
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling
Category: A 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

MPOV: New York Steak Shack Restaurant

Hubby was attracted to the mixed grill on the menu so we thought of giving this place a try. Unfortunately, our biggest mistake was not asking them first before sitting down - if one of the meat can be changed, since we do not take beef, we were hoping we could change it to lamb. I felt it was kinda rigid since the answer was NO. We have been to other restaurants which were more accommodating hence we assumed this one would be flexible too. Well, we were wrong so never assumed ya...

In the end, there wasn't much choice for us as it's more for beef-eaters. Yes, there's fish on the menu but we could have had Manhattan Fish next door. I know I'm being harsh here but this is how I felt. Also, looking at the restaurant's name, the ideal menu would have been either beef or lamb.

In the end, hubs ordered Fish & Chips RM17.90
My meatless pasta RM12.90
My pasta was bland, with mushrooms only, without the beef meatballs. I didn't expected it to be literally just plain Jane, without even a single vegetable. Oh wait... there were onions. I also did not asked hubs of his fish & chips as he was kinda sad having it here instead of at Manhattan Fish next door. So I will not comment further since we are not beef-eaters and it could be a little unfair to them.

Btw, our total bill was RM37.10 with 2 glasses of skyjuice (RM0.50 each) inclusive of 10% service charge and 6% GST.

Will I go again? I'll definitely have to think twice since I'm not a beef-eater.

My rating: 2.5/5

Location: LG-045, Lower Ground Floor, IOI City Mall
Instagram: @nysteakshack
Twitter: nysteakshack


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